Speed Up A Mac By Stopping Programs Loading At Startup

Rarely if ever do we need many programs automatically opening on our mac computer when we start it. So how do we stop this ? Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Users & Groups. Select the user, then click Login Items. Do one of the following: Select the name of the item you want to prevent from opening automatically, then click the Remove button ( the – button ) below the list on the right.

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Mac Computer Not Running Well – Did You Install An Antivirus

If you are running a Mac computer and it is having issues and if you are running an antivirus , that maybe the cause. Antivirus solutions on Macs can and do cause issues. Uninstall the antivirus software and see if it fixes the issue.  Remember Mac computers come with Gatekeeper which means that Non – Apple approved software will not be installed.

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Should I Install An Antivirus Solution On My Mac ?

In one word …. No Third party antivirus solutions , usually cause issues and slow the Mac down. Mac owners should be aware that in the Security & Privacy tab in System Preferences is a setting below. This means that unless you change it , only Apps that are Apple approved can be installed which negates the need for an antivirus. Also remember to keep your Mac software up to date – up to date software keeps you secure.

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What Should I Be Backing Up On My Computer ?

I am asked all the time what should I be backing up from my computer , especially when you are going to reinstall the operating system. Documents Photos Music ( iTunes library if you have one ) Videos Desktop – yes people store so much on their desktop Email ( Your PST file if you are on Outlook ) – Export Mail if you are using a Mac – you would not have to bother if you used Gmail or Outlook.com – it is all in the cloud Internet Favourites – its in your user profile or export out of IE , Chrome or Firefox Software you have downloaded – don’t forget activation keys which maybe in emails. Also   Make sure you know your email password from your provider and your settings for your email client : Tip , Take a photo of your email settings  Know your social media logins and passwords ( Facebook etc ) Know your online account logins and passwords  ( Google , Microsoft , Apple , Dropbox etc) Yes I know that there is software to back all this up , this is just a guide if you are doing a manual backup , which every… Read More

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Adobe Flash – Time To Update – Again

Once again Adobe have released a warning that users of Adobe Flash need to update to the latest version as there are security risks for Windows / Mac / linux users. More details can be found here: Adobe Flash Player Update: Download & Install Critical Fix To Prevent Viruses & Malware On Windows, Mac And Linux

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Adware On Your Computer – Website Ownership – Crap App Of The Week

Do You Own Your Website Make sure you are the owner of your website. Check on :Who Is  What Is Adware ? Adware is unwanted software that uses undesirable methods to get installed on your computer, and then changes the behavior of your web browser , whether it is Internet Explorer , Firefox , Google Chrome or Safari Adware will put 3rd party ads into web pages, cause pop-up windows or tabs to open to advertising sites and alter your home page and or search engine. Adware may sound like malware but there are big differences. Adware has not been documented to involve keylogging, back doors or any other such malicious activities just unwanted advertising. That is why most anti-virus software does not detect most adware. Where did it come from? From an installer for some app you downloaded from ” certain sites” This may be a site like Download.com or Softonic, or a site offering streaming of “free” videos, or from a piracy site or torrent, or something else similar. So What Is Malware? “Malware” is short for “malicious software” – computer programs designed to infiltrate and damage computers without the users consent. “Malware” is the general term covering all the different types of threats to your computer safety… Read More

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Security On An Apple Computer

I am always being asked about security on an Apple computer and why you don’t need virus software. You can select to run only software that comes from the mac app store therefore stopping any links running bogus software that will infect your computer. Yes it might restrict you sometimes on some software but you can always reconfigure when installing known good software but at least you know you will be safe , great for children in school or for those people that just cant help themselves. Virus software for mac / apple computers is usually a hindrance to the operating system and is rarely to never updated and is probably a waste of money. To stop other software running on your Apple computer just go to System Preferences , go to the Security & Privacy tab and select Allow Apps Downloaded From :Mac App Store 

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